With the Miami Dolphins fate wrapped up for the 2010 regular season, one has to wonder about the quarterback situation moving forward.
There will be no playoffs for this squad, which has to be considered a failure for a team with lofty expectations coming into the season.
Miami’s weakest position on the field is also, unfortunately, the most important. Chad Henne has not lived up to his promise after nearly two full seasons behind center. In fact, he has gotten worse.
Let’s take a look at which quarterbacks could be available in free agency and in the draft.
Likely to be released
Donovan McNabb: A veteran, over-the-hill quarterback on the cheap? Sounds like a Dolphin to me!
Carson Palmer: He’s fallen off rather quickly after accruing some lingering injuries. Like they always told us in school, just say no.
Jake Delhomme: An older Henne.
Likely available via trade
Kyle Orton: Since Tim Tebow is the Broncos future, one would have to think this guy is gone for the best available offer. If he can be had for a fourth rounder, I would do it in a heartbeat, probably even for a third. He’s still youngish (28) and can make all the throws. He also has improved his decision making tremendously over the last couple of seasons. Even if the Dolphins draft a quarterback, Orton can be a really nice stopgap/developer.
Vince Young: The most interesting option to trade for. He has baggage but has has always been a winner and his mobility would rejuvenate a dead offense.
Kevin Kolb: He hasn't shown enough to warrant the the absurd asking price (two first rounders). I would give him a whirl for a third rounder, maybe. He has to be an improvement over what we have.
Andrew Luck: No chance Miami would consider trading up this high. He’s nearly a lock for the top pick if he declares.
Cam Newton: The most intriguing talent in the draft. If he has a Vince Young-like championship game and thrives in workouts expect him to go in the top seven. Miami would likely have to trade up. I would give up a lot for him. I think he’s going to be a stud. Think a more mobile but less dickish Ben Roethlisberger.
Ryan Mallett: Mallett has a monster arm, but reminds me too much of Henne with his decision making.
Jake Locker: Locker has elite potential but hasn’t put it together on the college level. He’s a combine guy who will likely shoot up the board after workouts. He’s a project with incredible athleticism.
Blaine Gabbert: A spread passer with a nice arm and mobility. However, he has a tendency to force the ball.
Christian Ponder: I would love to take a shot on Ponder in round three or four. The kid has touch, mobility, and toughness. With the right system he could develop into a very good passer.
Available until death
Brett Favre: Someone put this guy down.